We do not call upon the Lord for help

Apart from God’s intervening grace, we are blind to our fallen nature. We don’t even see the judgment hanging over our heads. God determines we have all turned aside; together we have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one (Ps 14:3).

And how do we respond? According to Psalm 14, we’re completely ignorant. Have they no knowledge, the Lord asks, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call upon the LORD? (Ps 14:4).

Naturally, people don’t call upon the Lord because the fool says in his heart, There is no God” (Ps 14:4, 1). In his heart, he doesn’t believe in God, so he doesn’t turn to God. He doesn’t seek God for help. He doesn’t cry to him for mercy. He doesn’t beg him for salvation. He doesn’t ask to be redeemed from his fallen, guilty state. He doesn’t believe he’s fallen. He doesn’t believe he’s guilty. In his heart, there is no God, and there is nothing from which to be saved.

We do not call upon the Lord for help

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